Rising Pune SuperGiants will have to deal with a massive blow if they make it to the playoffs in the IPL 2017, as their ‘Maverick’ Ben Stokes is expected to return to England for their limited over series against South Africa ahead of the Champions Trophy in June.
The second most expensive player in the IPL history has been very instrumental in Rising ‘The Rising Pune SuperGiants’ IPL campaign by smashing it all over India with the bat and bowling those deadly toes- crushing yorkers at the back end of the innings. Initially, there were a lot of talks and speculations whether Stokes would be able to justify his price- tag of 14.5 crores but fortunately for The Pune management he did exactly that and has gone on to win a few games single Handedly for his franchise.
Even though the series against the proteas begins on 24th May, the England team managemet wants their star player back in time for their 2 practice games scheduled on the 19th and the 21st of May respectively in order for ‘Stokesy’ to get back to ODI Cricket mode before the all important Champions Trophy.
Well, Well, as they say ” somebody’s loss is always somebodys gain” and in this case the Rising Pune managment would be sweating it out and trying to balance what looked like one of the most formidable lineups of the IPL 2017. Stokes absence leaves a gap not only in the bowling deaprtment but also in the batting lineup because of his wonderful all- round capabilities. It would be intresting to see how Pune handle this and who they play instead of Stokes if they do make it to the play offs .
The Show Must Go On though ladies and gentlemen and so it will! Cric Crak wishes more power to the Rising Pune Supergiant and hopes that they have a cric- craking finale to the IPL.